Dr. Marieme Mbaye is a Medical Advisor at Natalist and an obstetrician and gynecologist focused on giving patients the tools they need to take charge of their health. She has a wide range of surgical and procedural experience, including robust robotics and laparoscopic training. She received her MD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and her BS from Yale University.

You can follow Dr. Mare on Instagram @bookedwithdrmare.

When did you know you wanted to go into medicine?

I’ve sort of always known I wanted to do some sort of medicine--and with African parents, the only legitimate jobs besides doctor are lawyer, finance person, or engineer (none of which have ever appealed to me).

What is your most impactful memory from practicing medicine thus far?

I once took care of a patient who went through a second trimester loss (after repeated early losses with previous pregnancies) and what I remember most about her was what an absolute joy she was to be around. Despite everything that she was dealing with, she was always smiling and making the best of her situation. I can’t help but admire that sort of resilience. As devastating as her circumstances were when we met, I am so grateful to have met and taken care of her.

On the challenging days, what keeps you going? Where do you find inspiration?

My patients are definitely what keep me going. As tiring and stressful as the job may be, I know that our patients are seeking us out because they truly need our help. The least I can do is give them my all.

What is your ideal way to relax and unwind?

Since I can’t run off to the Maldives for an indefinite amount of time, my next best option is escaping in a good book. I love all genres but lately I’ve been loving YA fantasies and mysteries with strong female leads.

If there was just one thing you could impart on women and/or men as they begin trying to become parents, what would it be?

I have seen enough women and couples going through this process to say there’s no right way to do it. Everyone’s journey is completely different and that’s ok.